Dark Star Oatmeal Stout | Fremont Brewing Company

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Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout
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Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 01-13-2011

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Reviews:
49
Ratings:
254
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 254
Photo of jtirpak22
4.91/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had more times than I can count. This time out of a 12oz. can into a tulip glass. Pour is extremely dark with a thin layer of dark tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee with some slight cocoa. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, silky with a slightly dry finish. Overall one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a dark black with a tan two finger head. Aromas consist of dark chocolate and espresso. The flavors are the same. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation and silky smooth.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love an oatmeal stout and this and Ninkasi are my two go to's. This beauty is underrated as it is full of amazing flavors while being extremely light bodied and drinkable. Never had such a light-hearted stout they will probably find it coursing though my liver when I'm dead and gone!

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful thick head and a cascading rise bubbles in the glass. Aroma is great, just wish it was more pronounced. Taste is great. It is so damn easy drinking for an 8% stout. Smooth, slightly creamy, good balance of roast and very slight stout acrid char. Really a good beer. Full disclosure, I was rating it a bit lower, until I remember, this is an oatmeal stout. Not an Imperial or Russian Imperial stout. With those I would expect bigger and bolder qualities but for an Oatmeal stout, youd be hard pressed to find a better one anywhere. Fantastic stout!!!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter
Canned 12/19/14

A- pours a near jet black color with a two-finger creamy dark tan head that retains for a while before settling into a film floating on top

S- roasted charred malt gives some smoky notes along with dark chocolate, raisin, fig & coffee. Also some sweet oats, along with some earthy & herbal tones

T- dark and roasty up front with notes of bitter dark chocolate, along with charcoal, coffee, fig & date. Earthy and slightly smoky finish with more chocolate and a hint of coffee on the linger

M- heavy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth finish, abv hidden very well

O- a world class oatmeal stout, when it comes to a straight up stout, no barrel aging, no extra adjuncts, this is about as good as it gets

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Photo of BbyDigital
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a phenomenal brew from Fremont! By far my favorite of their lineup of beers in cans or bottles. I usually like oatmeal stouts anyway but at 8% abv this one is exceptional. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, great lingering aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more and probably drinking this high alcohol beer a little too fast! A must try if you're at all a fan of the style.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated #140PKGD01/04/17 into a tulip. Pours jet black with two fingers of chocolate brown variable density head with great retention and left hybrid spiderweb/windshield lacing. Nose is nice but somewhat subdued. Starts malt/roast dominant with subtle chocolate. Balances out more as the beer warmed and the head settled. Taste is more chocolate forward, but with plenty of malt, perhaps a very subtle caramel and oats. Finishes with a bit of bitterness that quickly subsides. Mouthfeel is low-medium bodied, velvety, and with moderate carbonation. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had (if not the best), perhaps only rivaled by Barney Flats and Velvet Merlin. Sounds like I need to do a blind head-head-head in the future! Would be a staple in my fridge if Fremont had distro in Norcal.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing fancy here, just a straight ahead perfectly balanced stout. No special flavor tones of note, just the usual chocolate and oats, but if it ain't broke don't fix it...and I think this rather plan formula works brilliantly. It feels like a million bucks going down as well. I wish this was easier to find around here, because it would be a regular in my rotation if it were.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015-01-18
12oz can poured into a tulip. Half of the canned on date is compressed into illegibility; the only part I can read is 19:37.

Pours very dark brown with a respectable light tan head that fades fairly quickly into a ring and a thin film. Medium amount of carbonation. Smell is rich chocolate and coffee. Smells very nice. A little anise.

Taste is stronger on the anise, but still lots of coffee and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, mild. Very drinkable. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of DallasK
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a thin mocha head that leaves lacing. Smell is wonderful, like fudge. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, bitter roast, with a sweetness. Feel is creamy with moderate carbonation. Very solid oatmeal stout. A ste for 4.99.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep black color, just barely a hint of mahogany around the edges. a finger plus of a deep tan head with strong retention and leaving behind a frothy lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: coffee ground, chocolate, earthy bitterness, some dark fruits.

Taste: opens with some bittersweet bakers chocolate, taste opens up with a strong and sweet maltiness that hints on dark fruits. a small amount of coffee ground comes in and mixes with the chocolate. the end has a bit more graininess and herbal, spicy and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. nicely bitter, thick but not chewy.

Overall: I have yet to be disapointed by Fremont and this is no exception. Big and bold for 8% but also smooth and drinkable. Finds a nice balance on the borderline of everyday stout and a big heavy imperial.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. An opaque brown color with a thick tan head. Aromas of cocoa, toast, and burnt coffee. The taste was an incredibly rich and velvety chocolate malt flavor with balanced roasted malt and a smooth bitterness. A silky feel and smooth taste. One of the best oatmeal stouts that I've had.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Dark Star Oatmeal Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a creamy tan head.

Smell is faint, some sweet malt and smoke aromas.

Taste is a bitter coffee and chocolate flavor, with a dairy sweet flavor, and a dry bitter charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, cloying with pleasant aftertaste.

Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with a good tan head that designates quickly. Aroma is strong but a little sweet. Taste is bitter but sweet without any alcohol after taste.

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Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a full and creamy mouth-feel. Yes, you'll probably find something to prefer in certain, and bigger, examples, of this style. But this beer is solid; and I can certainly see how it serves as the outstanding base of Fremont's world-class barrel-aged offerings.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this really is about as good as it gets for me in the style, no barrel, no vanilla beans, no chili peppers, no need. its rich and creamy, the oats do a ton for both flavor and feel in this one, and there is a definite coffee character that i love in this, giving beautiful roasty bitterness that compliments a similar malt element. you know that instant when you are toasting sesame seeds, or cooking popcorn the old fashioned way, and you get to the point where its perfect, and you have only seconds before it all gets burnt and goes to hell? where you have to get it off the heat or its ruined? this has that moment in it, where the roast and bitter and caramel are all on point, but even a decimal more on any of these, and it would be way overdone and out of balance. its all united by the oats, and there is a really nice cohesive element, a moment really, and its excellent. espresso notes and dark chocolate in the finish, and a smoothness of feel unrivaled in the style. i can only imagine how epic the barrel aged variants are, im super keen to try them, but i have yet to see them for sale in colorado. anyone else?

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a New Belgium globe - pours very dark and opaque, beautiful brown head of lacing.

Smell is heavy on the oatmeal character, this brew smells like it packs a punch...tons of oatmeal character, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dry nuttiness, peanut butter? Smell is more of the same, heavy oatmeal presence that lends to a full bodied mouthfeel. Oatmeal and chocolate flavors, with more hints of that peanut butter character that I really dig. Hints of espresso bitterness and cherry cordial on the dry finish.

Overall this is great stuff.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Nice on appearance. Oatmeal/ khaki-head of the frothy, chewy, milkshake-like variety. Pitch-black liquid that contrasts excellently with the head. Lace develops in sticky splotches as the head recedes. 5

Dark roasted malt and grassy hop notes. Light chocolatey notes and vanilla. Nothing particularly seductive or mind-blowing, but it's still a nice aroma. 4

Continued dark malt presence on the tongue with a cocoa and chocolate syrup complement and vanilla, all of which make for a roasty, unsweetened hot chocolate sort of flavor experience. Initially, I was tasting a grassier, earthier hop flavor, but some light citrus notes sneak in and are a pleasing addition. 4.25

They nailed the oatmeal stout quality that one wants when drinking this style. This is roasty with a thick, viscous, creamy feel and light sweetness that roll over the tongue something lovely. Bitterness is light on the finish and mingles with a brown sugary taste and feel in a way that well displays the delicate balance of sensations. I will say, I appreciate the body on this, but some might find it thin. 4.25

I've had a lot of Fremont brews over the past year and found them to be either spectacular gems or moderate duds. This is the former. Excellent.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed how gently the imperial flavor was used to complement the oatmeal - really an enjoyable beer. This was my first time having it - will have again!

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber and looking near perfect in glass. Chocolate on the nose initially but fades. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and really roasted malts. Huge hop profile on this seeing how this is a really fresh bottle. 8% abv no need to age and no real alcohol burn. Downside mouthfeel is not as rich and creamy as I would have liked from an oatmeal stout. Overall a well balanced beer could be a goto.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - PITCH black. Half a finger of tan head.

S - Absurd amount of coffee, subtle malt, some milk/lactose, grains, and oats

T - Bitter dark roast coffee, a surprising hop bite in the back, some wet oats that strangely remind me of soggy Cheerio's

F - Smooth, velvety, texture thanks to the oatmeal. No trace of the 8.0% at all.

O - Great standard Oatmeal Stout with a bitter dark coffee presence that is bigger than most.

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Photo of rarigney
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion, a seriously good oatmeal stout. The smell is faint but the taste is of bitter coffee and dark roast malts. Creamy smooth and well balanced. Fantastic!

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Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 11/02/15. Served in a can glass. Beer pours pitch black in color and forms a large-ish frothy head. Aroma of roasted nuts and burnt caramel. Flavor is classic oatmeal stout with a creamy mouthfeel and the volume turned up just a little bit. Really dominant flavor of bitter cocoa. Hop balance is exactly where it should be. Fremont calls this an Imperial Oatmeal Stout at 8% ABV, but imperial stouts frequently go even higher and bring more powerful, off the wall flavors. This to me seems more of a great high-gravity execution of a classic style. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours jet black, thick tan head with good retention. Mild aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Good oatmeal stout taste with dark chocolate and coffee, a dry finish with a decent amount of bitterness. Medium slick creamy mouthfeel. Overall very good oatmeal stout, hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/30/2015 (18 days ago, Yes ! )

Pours a solid black body with a creamy frothy tan head that really does look like a chocolate shake ( I'm borrowing the milkshake thing from previous reviewer, ONovoMexicano. It's spot on!) Good retention and lacing.

Smell (while not overly prominent) is roasted malt that come across as coffee

Taste follows but it's more boozy then the smell. Nice hop finish gives it a good balance.

Creamy feel is outstanding !

Really liked this oatmeal stout. The texture is amazing and the rest is pretty good too

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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from Fremont Brewing Company
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